I ws just sitting here browsing the 'Dope with the news on (FOX 5 in Las Vegas) when I hear a Ted Turner comment on why CNN has lost ground to FOX News. I believe the clip came from ‘Face to Face with Jon Ralston’, a local news interview show.
This is not an exact quote as it went by pretty quick but he said something along the lines of:
Ralston: “Why do you think CNN hasn’t regained ground lost to FOX?”
Ted: “It’s like back in Nazi Germany…there was only one offical news service.”*
Yeah, Ted, them folks at FOX are all Nazis and Bush is out to get you and CNN.
What a fucktard.
*The quote isn’t exact but he did compare the situation to Nazi Germany .
I never understood Godwin’s Law. There a some times where a comparison to Nazi Germany/Hitler are apt. Of course people overuse it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the comparison without being a zealot.
Though you pretty much have to avoid it now, however apt, because it triggers a discussion like this, which DETRACTS from your point. We need to learn some other regimes to compare things to, which cloud the issue with feelings a lot less.
Even assuming this is true, it doesn’t answer the question of why their ratings are falling so dramatically. Did I miss the stromtroopers at evert streetcorner, spot-checking peopple’s houses to make sure FoxNews and NOTHING ELSE was on?
True. A regime could invade Poland and start rounding up Jews into camps, and you’d still have people shouting “Godwin’s Law!” (and misunderstanding it to mean that somehow the comparison is invalid) if you compared it to Nazi Germany.
The problem there is that there is no other regime which carries all the connotations of Hitler/Nazis. I mean you could pick and choose piecemeal - the British for concentration camps, the Turks for genocide, the Mongols for willy-nilly conquering - but a valid comparison to the Nazi regime cannot really be made to anything else but the Nazis.
I didn’t get the impression that he was saying that was why CNN’s ratings were down, just that he was making a joke that the only cable news source left happened to be the administration’s personal proaganda outlet.
Personally, I think CNN’s ratings are down because they don’t dumb it down as much as Fox does.